La Casona, 681 Wethersfield Ave., Hartford, 860-296-9929

La Casona in Hartford's South End specializes in the elegant and exotic cuisines of Latin and South America. Taste of Hartford menu: Appetizer, choice of: Patacón Casona: Shredded beef, chicken strips or shrimp served over large, crispy plantains. Empanadas Colombianas: Tasty Colombian deep-fried patties filled with vegetable. Your choice of beef, chicken or spinach and cheese.. Ensalada de Espinacas: Baby spinach, crispy onion, Latin cheese, almonds, apples edges dressing with strawberry vinaigrette. Entrée, choice of: Paella: Valencian-style paella consisting of saffron rice, seafood, chicken and chorizo. Pollo Tropical: Chicken breast and portabella mushrooms, with cherry reduction sauce over mashed sweet potatoes and plantains and mixed vegetables. Churrasco Argentino: Argentinian-style rib eye steak served with mashed potatoes, mixed vegetables and mushroom and chimichurri sauces. Filete de Salmon: Grilled with garlic, white wine, peppers and seafood cream sauce. Dessert, choice of: Peach flavored caramel flan Chocolate torte layered with chocolate mousse and topped with crème fraiche
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